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Which of KU's remaining opponents presents the most upset potential?

Poll results

Response Percent
Texas
 
31%
at Kansas State
 
25%
at Oklahoma
 
24%
Whoever KU opens the NCAA Tourney with
 
19%
Total 1115
Should Kansas offer tax breaks as an incentive to bring film companies to the state?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
77%
No
 
22%
Undecided
 
0%
Total 31
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A business group is injecting its influence into the City Commission election
February 12, 2007
For the first time in its 45-year history, the Lawrence Board of Realtors is endorsing three candidates for City Commission.
City of Eudora takes first step in changing E.M.S. service
February 12, 2007
The current independent E.M.S. has been running for 20 years as a volunteer service. Under a proposal introduced tonight, the E.M.S. would merge with the city’s volunteer fire department.
Boardwalk Fire Trial declared a mistrial
February 12, 2007
The trial for the man accused of setting a deadly fire at the Boardwalk Apartments comes to an abrupt end this afternoon in Douglas County District Court. Four days into testimony, Judge Jack Murphy declared a mistrial based on new evidence entered by the prosecution.
Lawrence High senior wrestler has eyes set on the gold
February 12, 2007
LHS senior Brandon Goodwin is a 103 lb. warrior on the wrestling mat and is hoping his success can translate into a gold medal in the state competition.
City leaders consider proposal to prevent some businesses from participating in downtown sidewalk sale
February 12, 2007
Downtown Lawrence, Inc., wants to prevent downtown businesses that do not pay annual membership dues from placing merchandise along Mass. Street for the annual sale.
New transit service to add new times to its schedule
February 12, 2007
The K-10 Transit Service that connects KU with Johnson County Community College and the KU Edwards Campus will have four additional afternoon and evening times to catch the bus.
Car burglaries very frequent outside rec. centers and athletic clubs
February 12, 2007
Thieves are targeting vehicles at athletic clubs and recreation centers in Lawrence. More than a dozen auto burglaries have been reported this year.
KU women’s team hoping to continue win streak
February 12, 2007
After breaking their Big 12 curse, the Jayhawk women’s team followed with another win over Texas giving them a 2-game conference winning streak.
Long-time advocate for homeless services continues to push for more funding
February 12, 2007
Though he’s dropped plans for a public vote, Steve Ozark still wants to put the homeless issue front and center in next year’s budget.
Kidcast for February 12th, 2007
February 12, 2007
A bit of weather history, brought to you by a local youth.
KU baseball team battles snowy weather
February 12, 2007
Due to winter weather conditions, the KU baseball team was forced to reschedule its meeting with the North Dakota State Bison.
KU men preparing for final stretch of the regular season
February 12, 2007
With less than 30 days until the NCAA announces the tournament bracket, KU is looking to finish the season with a bang.
State lawmakers consider banning cloning in Kansas
February 12, 2007
Supporters of the ban on using public funds for human cloning say the proposal would ensure that no tax dollars are used for controversial research.
KU celebrates the 198th birthday of Charles Darwin
February 12, 2007
KU joined in the worldwide celebration of Evolutionist Charles Darwin today, but not to focus on his birth, but on the scientific progress since his time.
School Board members hear of the benefits from one summer reading program
February 12, 2007
A free four-week summer reading program has been offered at Prairie Park Elementary for the past two years and the Lawrence School Board hears of its many benefits.
Aquinas too much for South
February 12, 2007
A big second quarter by St. Thomas Aquinas was too much for the Cougars as they fell in the opening round of the Warhawk Invitational, 38-33, Monday night at West Junior High.
Mistrial
New witness halts arson, murder case proceedings
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A1
The murder and arson trial for Jason Rose ended abruptly Monday. District Court Judge Jack Murphy declared a mistrial after prosecutors attempted to introduce a new, previously undisclosed witness more than four days into testimony.
Central falls to Blue Valley Northwest
February 12, 2007
The Central Mustangs fell in its opening round game of the Warhawk Invitational Monday afternoon against Blue Valley Northwest, 64-40.
West rolls over Ottawa to advance to second round
February 12, 2007
West defended its home court in the opening game of the Warhawk Invitational with a 57-42 win over Ottawa.
Southwest holds on against Shawnee Mission South
February 12, 2007
The Southwest Bulldogs hung on to beat Shawnee Mission South in the first round of the Warhawk Invitational.
Report your winter weather closings
We’ll post them online and on 6News
February 12, 2007
We’ll post them online and on the 6News weather crawl
Surprise witness causes Rose mistrial
February 12, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a mistrial is declared in the trial of Jason Rose after a prosecutor tried to introduce a surprise witness.
Board of Realtors endorses commission candidates
James Bush, Rob Chestnut and Mike Dever get the nod
February 12, 2007
After interviewing seven of nine announced candidates for three seats on the commission, the board’s directors have granted endorsements to James Bush, Rob Chestnut and Mike Dever.
Mistrial declared in Boardwalk Fire case
New witness introduced
February 12, 2007
A mistrial was declared today in the Jason Rose trial, after prosecutors attempted to introduce the testimony of a surprise witness. Defense attorney Ron Evans asked for the mistrial, saying that at this late date - five days into Rose’s trial for arson and murder - there wasn’t enough time to review and prepare for the unexpected evidence.
Kansas bill would eliminate state minimum wage, prohibit local living wage laws
Critics say proposal would create more economic insecurity
February 12, 2007
Business lobbyists, and some lawmakers on Monday sought to repeal the state minimum wage — already the lowest in the nation at $2.65 per hour — and also recommended prohibiting cities from passing living wage ordinances. Jeff Glendening, a spokesman for The Kansas Chamber, said the free market should determine wages.
Property owners shouldn’t expect big valuation increase
February 12, 2007
Douglas County property owners will be seeing an average of less than a 3 percent increase in their valuations this year, County Appraiser Marion Johnson said this morning.
Death penalty opponents say voters on their side
Poll suggests that most Kansans believe penalty is meted out unfairly
February 12, 2007
The poll of 500 frequent voters showed that nearly two-thirds of Kansans would prefer a sentence of life in prison without parole in which the inmate would work in prison to pay restitution to the families of their victims.
Rose Trial: Jurors watch tape of second interview
Detective says he couldn’t figure out Rose’s shifting stories
10:22 a.m., February 12, 2007 Updated 11:55 a.m.
On the witness stand today, Police Sgt. Troy Squire told jurors that he had some unanswered questions leading up to the nearly seven-hour interview.
Time change could put some behind schedule
Not all electronics equipped to accommodate early arrival of daylight-saving time
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A1
That electronic calendar that helps organize your life might betray you soon. Digital calendars and computers run by older software could schedule appointments one hour later than intended because daylight-saving time starts three weeks earlier this year.
Partisan battle shapes up on franchise tax
Republicans see economic benefit in eliminating tax; Democrats say cut jeopardizes funding obligations
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B1
House Republicans and Democrats are expected to clash today over legislation to eliminate the state’s franchise tax. House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, said the bill would be a boost to the economy, freeing businesses to expand.
Turnpike interchange opponents voice road rage
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B1
One Leavenworth County resident is ready for “civil war” to stop a proposed highway interchange at the intersection of Leavenworth County Road 1 and the Kansas Turnpike.
Despite past ambivalence, government bets fickle public will warm to dollar coin
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A1
Maybe Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea should not take public rejection personally. It’s not easy overcoming people’s indifference to dollar coins, even those honoring such historic figures.
Spend an evening with the real dog pounds
February 12, 2007 in print edition on D1
Who needs “American Idol” when you can watch the 131st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (7 p.m., USA, concluding Tuesday), the second-longest-running continually held sporting event in the United States.
Texas, OSU brace for rematch tonight
February 12, 2007 in print edition on C4
The first meeting was an instant classic and one that made Texas’ Kevin Durant the freshman darling of college basketball.
Play ball!
It’s time: Pitchers, catchers to report this week
February 12, 2007 in print edition on C6
Detroit pitchers will try to get those infield throws down, Dice-K will make the transition to American-style baseball, and Barry Zito will start justifying the $126 million that’s become attached to his name.
Fab Five’s effects still felt 15 years later
February 12, 2007 in print edition on C4
The Fab Five’s tangible accomplishments are rolled up, wrapped in plastic and tucked away in the basement of the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library. A blue banner with “1993 NCAA Finalist” in maize lettering was unfurled earlier this week for an Associated Press reporter and photographer for the first time since it was taken down from Crisler Arena’s rafters in 2002.
Terps hand Duke fourth straight loss
February 12, 2007 in print edition on C4
Burdened with a four-game losing streak for the first time in 11 years, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski wasted no time in deciding the proper course to right his struggling team.
Pacers’ Armstrong suspended
February 12, 2007 in print edition on C5
Indiana Pacers guard Darrell Armstrong, who was ejected during a loss to Denver on Friday, was suspended by the NBA for Sunday’s game against the Clippers.
Rain forces KU tie
February 12, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University softball team completed five innings against Massachusetts before rain forced a delay and, ultimately, the end of the contest in a 1-all tie.
City commission briefs
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B4
Chamber hires membership director
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A8
Becca Booth has joined the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce as director of membership development.
Don Giovanni’ lacks Mozart magic
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B3
The Mozart Festival Opera held the Lied Center stage for three hours Saturday evening with its production of “Don Giovanni.” A well-filled house applauded politely throughout the evening. The cast of eight has extensive performance credits, and the Sofia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus provided strong support.
Nets’ Thorn keeping options open
February 12, 2007 in print edition on C5
The New Jersey Nets don’t have any players Rod Thorn would label as untouchable. But that doesn’t mean the Nets’ president is close to dealing either Vince Carter or Jason Kidd, or that he’s even thinking about it.
Murphy’s three roles help ‘Norbit’ open above $30M
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A2
Movie fans couldn’t pass up three Eddie Murphys for the price of one.
On the record
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B2
Six die after getting lost in underground tunnel
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A6
A group of 30 scientists and nature lovers got lost in a maze of narrow underground tunnels in Spain’s Canary Islands, and six of them died after apparently suffocating, officials said Sunday.
Marks, Allman lift Kansas baseball
February 12, 2007 in print edition on C3
Senior Kyle Murphy went 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases, while sophomore Andy Marks took a shutout into the seventh inning Sunday as Kansas University earned a rubber-game baseball victory against South Dakota State, 4-1, at the Metrodome.
Socialist candidate announces platform
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A6
French Socialist Party candidate Segolene Royal, attempting to rejuvenate a faltering bid to become the country’s first female president, announced a 100-point platform Sunday that includes sending juvenile delinquents to military-style boot camps and providing free contraceptives to women younger than 25.
Two ATF officials moved to lower posts
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two senior officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who opposed many questionable management and spending decisions by the agency’s former director are being moved to lower-ranking positions effective Thursday, officials said.
Business coach receives award
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A8
Andre Bourgeacq, Lawrence, recently received ActionCoach’s Silver Coach Award of Excellence.
Smith had leading role in her own drama
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B6
Some people are calling her an actress, but that’s overly generous. Yes, she acted some. She was Dr. Anita Hugg in something called “N.Y.U.K” and Za-Za in “The Hudsucker Proxy.” But imdb.com, the authoritative TV and movie Web site, lists only seven other productions in which Anna Nicole Smith played a fictional character, none particularly memorable.
Events calendar
February 12, 2007 in print edition on D2
Readers needed to help celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B2
Volunteers are needed to read children’s books aloud to elementary school children and assist with arts and crafts activities on March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, during the 10th annual “Read Across America” event. The Roger Hill Volunteer Center “Why Wait To Read?” Giving Library will play host to the event. Volunteers will help each child pick out a book from the library to take home with them.
Commander: U.S. forces in Afghanistan launch artillery into Pakistan
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A7
Asserting a right to self-defense, American forces in eastern Afghanistan have launched artillery rounds into Pakistan to strike Taliban fighters who attack remote U.S. outposts, the commander of U.S. forces in the region said Sunday.
Best educated and least prepared
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A8
J.T. and Dale talk jobs
Voters pick replacement for late autocrat
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A6
Turkmens voted Sunday in a tightly controlled presidential election whose outcome was all but certain, though the clear favorite has raised hopes of change in a country dominated for more than two decades by the extravagant personality cult of its late autocratic leader.
Experts tout teen driver limits
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
As Illinois lawmakers consider a proposal that would make the state’s teen driver licensing system one of the nation’s most stringent, top researchers say such laws are saving young lives in states where they have been enacted, but much remains to be done.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B6
Mother, four children die in fire at rundown house
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
A fire engulfed a dilapidated house early Sunday, killing a mother and four children who were staying in the home despite relatives’ warnings that it was unsafe, officials said.
Violence mars rally for peace; five killed
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A6
A march that drew thousands in support of peacekeepers ended in violence Sunday when an explosion went off as the army chief prepared to address the rally and government troops fired into the crowd in response. At least five people were killed.
Pump up the prices
Toy makers focusing less on cost, are encouraged by splurging shoppers
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A8
When Spin Master Ltd. started peddling its Air Hogs Zero Gravity vehicle two years ago, retailers doubted whether parents would be willing to pay $59.99 for a radio-controlled toy - even if it climbed walls.
From goober pie to the Pink Pony, spring training can be a fan’s feast
February 12, 2007 in print edition on C6
When the players break out the bats and balls, it’s time for fans to reach for the sunscreen and road map. All over the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues, little dots of towns spring to life for spring training. For rookie visitors, here’s a look at where to go.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B6
Abortion referendum fails on turnout
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A6
Voters failed to overturn Portugal’s strict abortion law Sunday because of low turnout at the polls, but the prime minister nonetheless vowed to relax the restriction through legislation in the conservative Roman Catholic country.
Mystery ailment hits honeybee industry
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
A mysterious illness that’s killing tens of thousands of honeybee colonies across the country is stinging researchers and beekeepers.
Myanmar military faces rape, torture allegations
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A6
Myanmar’s military is subjecting Karen women to brutal rapes, torture, murder and forced labor for the army as part of its ongoing offensive against the ethnic minority group, according to a report released today.
On the money
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A8
Understanding the terminology is often half the battle when dealing with your income tax return. The array of tax-related words can cause a person’s head to spin. But fear not. Several Web sites provide glossaries that breakdown the jargon at tax return time.
Lawrence Datebook
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B2
Board names Harvard’s first female president
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
Harvard University on Sunday named historian Drew Gilpin Faust as its first female president, ending a lengthy and secretive search to find a successor to Lawrence Summers and his tumultuous five-year tenure.
Home builders elect board members
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A8
Three new board members have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for that Lawrence Home Builders Association:
iPocket protector
New fitness gear guards MP3 players during workouts
February 12, 2007 in print edition on D1
What iPod-wearing runner hasn’t gotten a little overmotivated by “Eye of the Tiger,” or the power song of her choice, and accidentally snared her hands in the cords, ripping the earbuds from her bobbing noggin?
Another freshman force
UT’s Augustin shines when Durant held in check
February 12, 2007
Memo to any college coach who might be crossing paths or swords with Texas in the next six of seven weeks: Beware a terrific Longhorn freshman. This kid is capable of scoring more than 30 points, been known to hoist a team onto his young shoulders and carry it into the winner’s circle. And if that’s not scary enough, get this - his name’s not Kevin Durant.
Balanced beasts
Burst from Rush, Wright doesn’t worry coach
February 12, 2007 in print edition on C1
A reporter who hadn’t followed Kansas University’s basketball team closely this season asked Bill Self if he was worried about a lack of balanced scoring in Saturday’s 92-74 victory over Missouri in Columbia, Mo.
A dogged pursuit
Debi Taylor answers call of wild to mush
February 12, 2007 in print edition on C8
Debi Taylor didn’t have mushing in her veins, and she never really longed to jump on the back of a dog sled. In fact, she characterizes her dabbling with dog-sledding as a fluke.
Defense to make its case this week in trial
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A1
Victims have told of broken bones and burned skin. Police have told tales of rescue - dragging bleeding, broken victims onto an extension ladder to get them away from encroaching flames.
Teammates get pole at Daytona 500
Robert Yates Racing bounces back from dismal 2006 season to win prime spots in prime race
February 12, 2007 in print edition on C2
Robert Yates Racing went from skid row to the front row, emerging from the darkest season in team history to take the Daytona 500 spotlight. At least for a week.
Mickelson gets back on track
Lefty blazes Pebble Beach field, wins by five strokes
February 12, 2007 in print edition on C2
Phil Mickelson waited until late last year, when his clubs were collecting dust during a three-month break from golf, to reflect on a U.S. Open meltdown at Winged Foot that suddenly seemed to overshadow all his achievements.
Horoscopes
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B5
Soldiers not political pawns
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B7
Politicians used to kiss babies, but in these days of terrorism and war, babies have gone out of style. Today’s most coveted political accessory? An active-duty member of the U.S. military. “Our troops” are the new babies.
Capitol Briefing
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B8
Libby testimony may be a tough call
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A5
Today, lawyers for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby will begin their defense of the indicted former White House aide with a parade of witnesses, including prominent journalists, former co-workers and maybe even his old boss, Vice President Dick Cheney.
Conservatives must temper Reagan worship
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B6
In this winter of their discontents, nostalgia for Ronald Reagan has become for many conservatives a substitute for thinking. This mental paralysis - gratitude decaying into idolatry - is sterile: Neither the man nor his moment will recur. Conservatives should face the fact that Reaganism cannot define conservatism.
Doubles debacle dooms Kansas
February 12, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s tennis team had difficulty rebounding from losing the doubles point to start its match with No. 55 Arkansas, and KU lost its fourth straight, 5-2, Saturday at First Serve.
The lure of Lincoln
As bicentennial of his birth approaches, 16th president enjoys pop iconic status
February 12, 2007
Most Americans think of the stovepipe hat, the famous penny profile and a booming voice intoning, “Four score and seven years ago …” But beyond these iconic impressions, Abraham Lincoln remains among the most complicated and important figures in American history.
New Orleans residents losing faith
Lack of organization slows recovery in hurricane-ravaged city
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A4
New Orleans is a city on a knife’s edge. A year and a half after Hurricane Katrina, an alarming number of residents are leaving or seriously thinking of getting out for good.
Memorial honors ‘Secret Santa’
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B8
Hundreds of people turned out to remember Kansas City’s “Secret Santa” at a public memorial celebration of his life. Larry Stewart, a businessman from the nearby suburb of Lee’s Summit, gave out more than $1.3 million - most of it in the form of crisp, new $100 bills - over 27 years. He also donated time and money to numerous charities.
More states provide funding for anti-abortion counseling
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
In an experiment that’s opening a new front in the culture wars, a growing number of states are paying anti-abortion activists to counsel women with unplanned pregnancies.
Gates says U.S. has no plans for another Cold War
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A7
Pentagon chief Robert Gates responded Sunday to Vladimir Putin’s assault on U.S. foreign policy by saying “one Cold War is enough” and that he would go to Moscow to try to reduce tensions. Gates also sought more allied help in Afghanistan.
Iranian president tones down nuclear talk
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A7
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed Sunday that Iran would not give up uranium enrichment but he otherwise refrained from making fiery statements during celebrations on the 28th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
U.S. officials accuse Iran of backing Shiite militias
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A7
U.S. military officials on Sunday accused the highest levels of the Iranian leadership of arming Shiite militants in Iraq with sophisticated armor-piercing roadside bombs that have killed more than 170 American troops from the American-led coalition.
6,000 couples lock lips to set kissing record
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A6
More than 6,000 couples kissed simultaneously at midnight Saturday in the Philippines with organizers of the event claiming to have set a world record.
Energy aid weighs on N. Korea talks
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A6
Talks on dismantling North Korea’s nuclear programs were on the verge of foundering Sunday as negotiators failed to overcome differences on the North’s demands for energy aid but scheduled a final day of meetings.
Cabinet OKs project near Jerusalem holy site
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A6
Israel’s Cabinet voted to push ahead with construction work on a ramp leading to a disputed holy site in Jerusalem, despite objections from the Muslim world and violent Palestinian protests.
Legislature ready to start rolling on tax credits for filmmakers
State hopes for hollywood ending
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lights, camera, tax cut. After seeing movies set in Kansas go elsewhere to film, lawmakers will consider proposals aimed at getting Hollywood’s attention. “The film industry is trying to grow in this state, but we’ve lost some opportunities on films that were set in Kansas,” said state Rep. Lana Gordon, R-Topeka, chairwoman of the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee.
Environmental concerns for future prompt political move now
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B1
It was a strange thing when Carey Maynard-Moody’s two grandchildren were born. “I was as much joyed as I was worried about their future,” said Maynard-Moody, one of nine candidates seeking a seat on the Lawrence City Commission.
Busing proposal may not roll
February 12, 2007 in print edition on A1
It sounds like a great idea. Rep. Bill Otto, R-LeRoy, wants to reduce the distance - from 2.5 miles to 1 mile - that children must live from their school in order to ride a school bus for free.
Commission planning for 200th birthday bash
February 12, 2007 in print edition on D1
Abraham Lincoln, an intellectual leader with a taste for theater and music, would probably enjoy himself immensely if he could attend his own national bicentennial party planned for a whole year, beginning Feb. 12, 2008. To honor him, new symphonies, poems, theater and art pieces are in the works, as well as revivals of plays and music popular during his administration.
Keegan: How to translate Tournese
February 12, 2007 in print edition on C1
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the greatest sporting spectacle of all, tips off four weeks from Thursday. Even the best event is not without its blemishes: postgame press conferences. Get ready for coaches stroking coaches’ egos on your televisions.
Lawrence school board agenda
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B2
Summer building projects scaled back
Crop dusters seek role in fighting wildfires
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B4
As rural firefighters throughout Kansas look ahead to wildfire season, John “Dusty” Dowd hopes they’ll include crop dusters in their contingency plans.
Nowitzki responds to Wade’s criticism
February 12, 2007 in print edition on C5
Dirk Nowitzki had no love for Dwyane Wade on Sunday when he responded for the first time to the NBA Finals MVP’s recent comments questioning his leadership.
Baroque by Candlelight provides sweet pre-Valentine’s treat
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B3
The encore to Saturday’s Baroque by Candlelight concert by the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra was a lush dessert bar, but the concert may have been even sweeter.
Mindless
Spare us from inattentive drivers using cell phones or engaging in other distracting behavior.
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B6
A story in Friday’s Journal-World focused on the efforts many states are making to eliminate driving distractions that range from using a cell phone to playing the flute. In Vermont, lawmakers are considering a ban on eating, drinking, smoking, reading, writing, personal grooming, playing a musical instrument, interacting with pets and cargo, talking on a cell phone or using any personal communication device while driving.
Tough love on security issues
February 12, 2007 in print edition on B7
Many Americans think that homeland security is a joke, and in Boston it’s been proved to be a joke. But in light of increasing threats, perhaps we should take homeland security seriously - for a change.